Mascarenhas Mansion is a spectacular Portuguese old mansion located in the town of Mapusa (Mapuca) north of Goa. When you first lay your eyes on it, it seems almost like an illustration from a fairy tale book. A splendid example of the Portuguese style of architecture for which Mapusa is very famous for anyway!
The Mascarenhas Mansion is a major tourist attraction in Mapusa. The red-tiled rooftop and the extremely well maintained exteriors are enhanced by the strikingly pretty stained glass work on the windows. The cool interiors are welcoming as are the attractive porch and the L-shaped seat on the veranda. You will instantly fall in love with this place!
when to go?
Operating Hours:Mon-Sun : 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
what should you know?
Address:Mascarenhas Mansion, Mapusa, North Goa, Goa.
did you know?
Period Built:1510 CE
what will you spend?
Entry Fee:Rs. 5/-
Mascarenhas Mansion in Mapusa, Goa was built during the Portuguese rule in India. In 1510, the Portuguese fleet under Alfonso Albuquerque first landed in Goa. Thus the rule and the amazing period of the Portuguese in India started from this small state of Goa on the western coast of India. Mapusa, in the northern section of Goa, is close to various well-known, beautiful beaches. In this town you will be astonished by the number of old - some well maintained and a few crumbling - Portuguese houses, still standing proud as they once used to.
The most alluring feature of the Mascarenhas Mansion is its floral engravings in stained glass. It will remind you, for sure, of the glorious past of India’s rich and refined history. Many rulers came and went, leaving their permanent mark on the people and the place along with their customs. Architectural elegance gave birth to some of the most stylish mansions and buildings in Goa. The L-shaped seat carved out of wood on the front porch is worth a glance. Sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows light up the interiors as well as reflect their shapes on the balconies as the sunlight shifts.
Another major attraction of Mapusa is its Friday market. It should be a must-see on your itinerary. The sights, sounds and smell which radiate from the streets of this market are far different from anything you have experienced. The spices, the vibrant plastic goods, the sheer varieties of Goan sausages…all combine to form an essence of what Goa is all about.
You will come across one of the oldest temples of Goa at Mapusa, the Sri Kalika Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. It was built during the reign of the Kadamba kings. It is a fabulous example from the times of Kadamba Dynasty, as the structure is a fine blend of architectural design and art.
A short drive takes you to the famous Anjuna Beach, synonymous with fun in the sun! A well known location for open-air parties and hippie groups, Anjuna has it all. For tourists everything commercial is right in the palm of one’s hand! The remarkable Flea Market of Anjuna is famous for its goodies. It sells junk jewelry to footwear and more… One needs to be cautious treading the grounds though due to the rush at times. It is a very popular destination for foreign backpackers and youngsters.
It is the winter carnival which takes the crown at Mapusa. Celebrated with great pomp and show, the whole town reverberates to its music and dance all night long with specially designed costumes and carriages. The laidback town wakes up to the sudden frenzy of festivities and floats with dancing locals. The festival was introduced in the 18th century by the Portuguese just before Lent.
Most of the Hindu and Christian festivals are celebrated with great vigor at Mapusa. Navaratri, Dussehra, Ganesh Chaturthi and Christmas are just some of the major ones celebrated in the region.